I hope all of you had a great holiday, and that your new year will be filled with much joy and happiness!!
My new year is starting off great! I am now settled into my new home in Denver, and delighted to be back in the great state of Colorado. The view of the snow capped mountains is breath-taking, and I feel that they are calling me. Soon, I will have to force myself to go skiing 🙂
Many times over the years that I was closeted, I felt lonely and isolated. After publishing Behind the Mask, I learned that I wasn’t alone. Many of the letters I received communicated that to me, and below is just one example of such a letter. After you take the time to read it, please remember that although we are approaching the year 2010, there are still way to many young people and adults, who are still feeling the lonliness and isolation that I felt over 20 years ago.
Thanks for reading, and remember,
Never Strike Out!
Dear Mr. Pallone
I finished Behind the Mask yesterday and have decided to send you a little note. Even though you may never get this I figure it’s worth a shot!
My name is Kevin, I’m 19 years old and am gay. I have known about my sexuality since I started thinking about boys in the sixth grade and have always accepted it. I just completed my first year of college, Denison U outside of Columbus, Oh which was an evolution for me in many ways including the fact that I came out to my close friends. This positive one and as you said in your book felt like a lot of weight had been lifted off my shoulders. After coming back home to St Louis for the summer, all of that weight was put back on my shoulders. I have few people to talk to openly and feel lonely. I picked up Behind the Mask to provide an escape and it did just that. Thank you Mr. Pallone for sharing your story with me at a time in my life when I need to hear from people like you. I admire and respect you for who you are and for writing the book. I don’t think I can convey to you how grateful to you I am for having read your book and being able to relate to another gay person for a change.
Thanks again Mr. Pallone